Players with domestic violence and sexual assault convictions will be banned from the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, according to a report from NBC Sports.
“It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent wrote in a memo.
This is certainly an interesting development. Though the number of players affected by this new rule should be minimal, it’s still basically the NFL telling players with such convictions “No thanks. We’ll pass.”
As a result, said players will have to rely on Pro Days rather than the combine if they have any hope of being drafted, and not attending the combine puts them at a major disadvantage.
But let’s not forget that this is also a pure PR move on the NFL’s end, as there was major public outcry after the Seattle Seahawks drafted Michigan linebacker Frank Clark last year despite his pleading guilty to a domestic violence incident while at school.
It just goes to show that the NFL is reaffirming its hard stance on violence against women and not giving even the slightest of inches. At this point, it’s certainly going to be interesting to see if college conferences follow the SEC’s lead and ban students with domestic violence or sexual assault convictions from transferring into them.
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